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“Neal Pollack has a well documented history of putting himself into ridiculous positions, but never so literally… If Eat, Pray, Love had been written by a sweaty, aging, male smartass, then that book might be called Stretch, and Elizabeth Gilbert would be named Neal Pollack.” (John Hodgman)
“[Neal Pollack is] a yoga bad boy, a bong-hitting carnivore with a taste for laughter…a highly entertaining guide as he investigates the good, bad and ugly of the yoga spectrum…Both sincere and subversive, Pollack will likely inspire more than one reader to commit to yoga.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“Touching as well as funny...Ultimately, Pollack lampoons himself more than the culture, and this is perhaps the most compelling evidence of Pollack’s conversion: his inability to be snarky about yoga.” (San Francisco Chronicle)
The hilarious true account of an overweight, balding, skeptical guy's unexpected transformation into a healthy, blissful yoga fiend.
Neal Pollack was out of shape. The hair on his head was thinning and the hair on his face was pretentious—traits a New York Times critic gleefully pointed out while panning his second book. Combined with the predestined failure of his punk rock band, it was almost too much for Pollack to bear. He was willing to try anything to get his life back on track . . . even yoga.
While struggling to master difficult poses without kicking other yogis in the face, Pollack actually, remarkably, began to feel better, both in body and mind. Soon he found himself immersed in the "weird and circuslike" world of yoga. He participated in a 24-hour yogathon, attended yoga conferences and Asian retreats, went to yoga rock shows, started getting regular assignments for Yoga Journal magazine, and, finally, began teaching yoga classes himself.
Stretch mercilessly lampoons the bizarre, omnipresent culture of yoga, but it's also a story of profound personal transformation. Pollack started off mocking yoga. Now he's become one of its most enthusiastic proponents.See all Editorial Reviews
Neal was a wonderful and funny customer at the hotel restaurant I work at and i had to buy his book. Read morePublished 3 days ago by jessie kirchman
A solid exploration of the hubris and sometime absurdity of Americanized yoga through the eyes of a gen-xer working through his honest and positive response to the power of yoga in... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Brian A Guy
Another funny, funny book by Neal Pollack. His cynical humor about his exploration of yoga was spot on. I laughed until I cried. More than once. Read morePublished 5 months ago by anna butler
Was fun to read, sort of missing an ending though...
It's a quick and easy entertaining read.
This is one of the funniest books I read in a long time! I laughed out loud several times in public while reading it! Neal's journey into yoga is inspirational. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Rita Domingues
A great, great read. Helped me understand a bit more what my boyfriend's yoga experience is like. (Read: lots of farting)Published 13 months ago by morganmo
Neal Pollack was mostly known for his sardonic, goofy fiction and journalism back in the day (late 90s, early aughts) - and maintains his trademark snark and cynical touch for his... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Christopher T. Mercier
Funny... great book. I recommend it. I was new to yoga and loved it... and the humor. I have read all of Neal's yoga books... liked them all.Published 20 months ago by online mom